Throughout the world, progress has been made on increasing the number of children attending primary school but UNICEF says in Sri Lanka many of the most marginalized children remain excluded.
For most children, Sri Lanka’s universal primary education policies of the past 70 years have been a success. About 98 per cent of children complete primary school, and the country boasts a 92 per cent literacy rate, according to the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children’s South Asia Regional Study.
But what about the children who are not in school? Many of them come from the poorest of poor families. In some areas, generational cycles of school exclusion have been perpetuated by the Sri Lankan civil war, which ended in 2009.